Marie-Louise Gagneur, Chair à canon [Cannon Fodder]

Cecilia Beach (Alfred University)
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Chair à canon

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Cannon Fodder

] by Marie-Louise Gagneur is a complex novel about the tragic events of 1870-1871: the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune. Like many followers of Charles Fourier, Marie-Louise Gagneur was a pacifist. Her novel

Chair à Canon

is a virulent condemnation of war in general, and a requisitory against the political and military leaders of the period. Published in 1872, this novel describes in graphic detail the horrors of war both on and off the battlefield, as well as the tribulations of the post-war period.

The story begins on 14 July 1870, on the eve of the declaration of war, and finishes in May 1871 as Paris burns. In a hundred-page Prologue, Gagneur first exposes the causes of the war and a variety of reactions to it. The French vary from the

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Citation: Beach, Cecilia. "Chair à canon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 January 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35750, accessed 22 April 2024.]

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